Join Date: Jan 2007
Thank you for answeing my questions, and for the added pictures.
It seems for everything we learn, we have two more questions!
These patrons are something else I'd like to try making.
Regarding the tow for cleaning a barrel Michael, I am afraid I must beg to differ. In the 18th, 19th, and 20th century, tow has been used for cleaning barrels. (before that time I do not know)
I still have two fairly large rolls that belonged to my grandfather.
To clean a muzzle-loading gun, it is wound onto a tow-worm or a cleaning jag, and when wrapped on tightly, it does a very nice job of cleaning, and does not leave debris behind. I still clean my flint and matchlock gun with it.
I can not say that the tow in the pouch was indeed for cleaning, or for use as wadding though, so you may well be spot on in your belief!
Thank you for sharing these wonderfully ancient and fascinating items with us all. They are another small window into another age!
with best wishes,